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Data streams from traffic lights and crosswalk signs would be incorporated into a Google Maps "direction feature." Based on light timing, whether you are in a car/biking or walking, speed limits, and personal movement speeds the quickest direction would be found. Also, a speed calibration feature could test your walking speed or cycling speed.

Discussion
zeepickle :: June 11, 2010 - 12:05pm

May require additional data gathering or sensors. Also, to cut down on data gathered, the project might be focused on busiest part of town ie. the business district in SW Portland.

jaxicab :: November 27, 2010 - 6:15pm

Open the "Traffic Lights" dataset and sort by "Actuation." The "Fixed-Time" signals are as reliable as it gets, the rest could be suggested yet possibly erroneous. Without an app everyone should be able to notice the downtown signals seem to work best at 18 MPH. If we put up some signs it might help educate the public, I don't know. But this app is important, because "Rapid Movement" also means "Fluid Movement," which is more productive, fun, and uses less gasoline than stop-and-go traffic. This data, incorporated into Google Maps in a much slicker way than I've attempted, could really help promote ecodriving in Portland. My website is http://www.ecofleetconsulting.com Click on Ecodriving Portland. Each blue line is a street with lights conducive to a constant speed :) If anyone can help me make this more engaging I want to hear from you!! It will reduce emissions on a city-wide scale!